*Dang, here’s a first.
And it’s not a good one for some of us. 🙁
We can only wonder what Los Angeles Lakers legends Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Magic and Kareem and Kobe are thinking. As well as Boston Celtics greats Bill Russell, Hondo Havlicek, Larry Bird, the Chief and Paul Pierce and K.G. What about the New York Knicks ‘ Willis Reed, Earl the Pearl, Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley?
What are we wondering about, you ask? How all those exulted NBA legends feel about the fact that their teams, The LA Lakers, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks … 3 teams with a combined 35 NBA titlers … are going to MISS the playoffs this year. That’s never happened before.
Yep, let’s say it again, but slightly different. For the first time, the NBA will hold a postseason without any of those three teams.
“It’s horrible for the NBA that those markets may not be in the playoffs,” Lakers radio commentator Mychal Thompson told USA Today. “The NBA is a lot healthier business when those franchises are competing for championships.”
Unfortunately fans of other teams most likely could care less.
These franchises have been around since the 1940s. The Celtics have won 17 NBA championships and the Lakers 16. Though the Knicks have won just two titles, they have gone to the playoffs 42 times.
The Lakers and Celtics have met in the NBA Finals 12 times and staged some of the most intensely fought championship series the league has ever seen.
Bottom line … instead of playing games next month, the three franchises will be looking forward to May 20, the day of the NBA’s draft lottery.